Optimize Paleo by Paleovalley

Take control of your health by moving beyond the Paleo template and learning about cutting edge health strategies that really work. This podcast will give you tips and tricks from the mouths of experts and common folk alike who discovered exactly what it takes to THRIVE. Join Chas and Autumn Smith, loving and passionate husband and wife and founders of as they guide you on the journey to cultivate vibrant health and wellness.
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Aug 16, 2017

Greg, a natural health specialist based in the U.K., watched his wife suffer from debilitating IBD. Greg's wife is living proof and in today's podcast, you'll hear all about what they did to transform her health when there were no other options! IBD is an autoimmune condition, so the gems in this conversation will apply to all autoimmune sufferers (and those who'd like to prevent them!)

Here's what you'll learn:

  • What is IBD?
  • How many people are suffering today?
  • The limitations of the conventional approach
  • How his wife put her IBD into remission after years of suffering
  • The commonly prescribed medication that can increase your risk of cancer
  • Whether or not surgery is useful
  • What percentage of people who have surgery still have flare ups
  • The difference between Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis
  • How IBD is diagnosed
  • Why most doctors believe diet doesn't play a role in IBD (but why IBD sufferers disagree)
  • The most important (and little known) factor to address for IBD remission
  • What foods commonly trigger IBD
  • The 3 most common factors contributing to IBD
  • Why multiple food sensitivities are often a sign of something deeper
  • The 3 most common causes of multiple food sensitivities
  • How to conduct an elimination diet
  • The little-known food that many Crohn's sufferers shouldn't eat
  • Which test he always recommends
  • Why he discourages IgG testing in the beginning stages of IBD treatment
  • The 2 biggest mistakes most people make when treating IBD
  • Why stress is such a huge issue in IBD
  • How to reduce stress
  • Why your beliefs (and those of your doctor) often determine your outcome
  • Why he hopes Donald Trump writes a self-help book
  • Why he admires Arnold Schwarzennegar
  • How to change your belief systems
  • The morning routine he uses to get his day started off on the right food
  • My 5 minute morning routine
  • And much more!
Aug 9, 2017

My husband and I have run into Todd several times selling his sugar-free wine at health conferences. I was initially VERY skeptical of his "too-good-to-be-true," claims especially because I believe excess sugar consumption is public health enemy #1.

  • Is SUGAR-FREE wine even possible?
  • Was he actually testing EACH bottle of wine?
  • What about his blood sugar response?
  • Was he testing that, too?

Turns out he was.Todd is fanatical about high-quality wine AND health. In fact, his desire to drink wine often and have life-long health is why he founded his company. He literally tests every wine to ensure it is truly SUGAR-free! He's also been in ketosis for over 3 years while drinking a bottle of wine each day.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Why Todd is to bring high-quality wine back to the market
  • The many issues with conventional wines
  • What percentage of American wines are made by the top 3 companies (this will SHOCK you!)
  • How to drink wine without a hangover
  • Why wines don't have a nutritional label
  • Problematic additives found in most wines
  • The problem with ORGANIC wines
  • The dangerous mycotoxin that our government doesn't test for (but Todd does)
  • Why your teeth get purple when you drink wine (and why it's bad!)
  • The REAL benefit of wine drinking (spoiler alert: it's not about resveratrol!)
  • How irrigation changes the health properties of wine
  • Why conventional wines are harming the environment
  • How his wines are SUGAR and carb free! (yes, your dream just came true)
  • Why the wine industry is a lot like the beef industry
  • The problem with most of the yeast used to make wine
  • Where he sources his wine
  • Why it's important to drink low alcohol wine
  • Why the amount of alcohol listed on your wine label may be inaccurate
  • How to choose healthy wines at a restaurant
  • How to have truly healthy wine delivered to your doorstep
  • How to keep burning fat even when you still drink wine
  • How to get a bottle of high-quality wine for 1 cent!
  • And much more!
Aug 2, 2017

Fortunately, today you can hear allll what IS actually responsible for most heart attacks and heart disease with medical doctor, founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation and author of Human Heart Cosmic Heart, Dr. Cowan. And trust me, if you love your heart (and the hearts of your family and friends <3) you NEED to hear what he has to say. I've done several podcasts about how to prevent heart disease, but this one is awesomely different.

Here are some of the tantalizing tidbits you're in for...

  • Why Dr. Cowan became fascinated by the heart
  • Why he believes plaque buildup does not cause heart disease (in most cases)
  • What does cause heart attacks 90% of the time
  • Why diabetes is evidence that we're wrong about heart disease
  • What we can do to reduce our risk of heart disease
  • The natural medication that everyone with heart disease (or who wants to prevent it) NEEDS to know about and where to get it
  • What vagal tone is and why it's important for heart health
  • Simple ways to improve vagal tone
  • Why nose breathing is good for your heart
  • The little-known supplement that can improve heart health
  • The preferred fuel for the heart
  • A simple at home test for assessing your heart disease risk
  • How much work you should do each week for best results
  • How to eat to prevent or reverse heart disease
  • A simple dietary trick that improves heart health
  • Whether or not strict ketosis is necessary for heart health
  • Why your heart is more than just an organ
  • The shocking thing that happens to those who have heart transplants
  • The #1 thing Dr. Cowan thinks you should do to prevent heart disease
  • And much more!
Jul 26, 2017

Shana Ekedal is an educator and a trailblazer in the area of mind, body, and spirit wellness. Her deepest purpose is to release women from the fears, doubts, and insecurities that hold them back, so they can be fully present to their own vibrant energy, access their gifts, and share them powerfully with the world. She is the creator of the acclaimed program The Frequency Cleanse, a 30-day experience that shows women how to have the body, self-love, and abundance they want by simply raising their personal energy vibration to align with the lifestyle and experiences they desire

Here's what you'll learn:

  • What energy is and why it matters
  • What creates our frequency
  • Why we're compelled to meet and befriend walk up to certain people
  • What high and low-frequency emotions are
  • The different kinds of truth
  • How we find our personal truth and why it's ESSENTIAL
  • Why pleasure is BENEFICIAL for your health
  • Scientific evidence that our negative thoughts have biochemical realities
  • The 4 step process we ALL use to create our reality
  • FOODS we can use to raise our frequency
  • Foods that LOWER frequency
  • Why food is an access point
  • The dietary mistake many people make that prevents them from using energy purposefully
  • Three supplements that raise frequency
  • Three steps you can take to raise your frequency today
  • And much more!
Jul 19, 2017

Amy Medling, CHC, is the founder of PCOS, an online resource dedicated to helping women understand and manage the symptoms associated with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). She studied holistic nutrition at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and is a Certified Health Coach. Diagnosed with PCOS 12 years ago, Amy thought she found relief when her doctor prescribed Metformin and the birth control pill. Instead of relief, she felt trapped inside a body that rejected these artificial treatments.

This is when her Diva journey began. Her dedication and research produced a proven treatment plan that uses whole food, natural remedies, supplements, exercise, self-care, positive thinking, and stress reduction to relieve and control PCOS symptoms.

Amy is on a mission to empower women with PCOS and has an incredible story and insight that you don't want to miss!

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Amy's powerful struggle with PCOS
  • What is PCOS?
  • How common is it?
  • The most common symptoms associated with PCOS
  • Why there is a movement to change the name of this condition
  • Why you don't have to have ovarian cysts to have PCOS
  • Why 50% of those with PCOS are undiagnosed
  • The diseases that many women with PCOS suffer from
  • The consequences of PCOS
  • The different types of PCOS
  • The most common (and not-so-common) causes of PCOS
  • Why it's critical to avoid chemicals and toxins if you have PCOS
  • A novel way to reduce stress
  • The side effects of birth control pills
  • Why birth control and Metformin do not work for many women
  • The risks of birth control pills
  • The labs you'll want to ask your doctor for
  • Why it's CRITICAL to be your own advocate
  • A simple way to test your thyroid at home
  • What your plate should look like if you're trying to manage PCOS
  • 7 supplements that are helpful for PCOS
  • Superfoods for gut healing
  • The one food you need to emphasize if you have PCOS
  • The foods everyone with PCOS should be avoiding
  • Why not everyone has with PCOS needs to be low carb
  • A morning tonic that can restore insulin sensitivity
  • Why it's imperative that you believe you can heal your PCOS
  • The number of people she has NOT been able to help manage their PCOS with the strategies we discussed in this interview (this will surprise you!)
  • Why she is on a mission to spread awareness about PCOS!
  • And MUCH more!
Jul 12, 2017

Nora Gedgaudas is a widely recognized expert on the “Paleo diet”. She is the author of the international best-selling book, Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and A Longer Life. She is also the author of the best-selling ebook: Rethinking Fatigue: What Your Adrenals Are Really Telling You and What You Can Do About It and has recently written a third awesome book, PRIMAL FAT BURNER: Live Longer, Slow Aging, Super-Power Your Brain and Save Your Life with a High Fat Low Carb Diet, which we'll be talking all about today.

So if you want to hear about the benefits of a low-carb, high-fat lifestyle check it out and why animal products must be a part of it, be sure to check it out!

Here's what you'll learn:

  • How we know our ancestors consumed a lot of dietary fat
  • Why our brains REQUIRE dietary animal fats (not just plant-based fats)
  • Why most people can't get anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids from plants
  • How we KNOW our ancestors were not eating starches
  • Why food quality is perhaps more important than anything else
  • The nutrients you get from animal fats that you can't get anywhere else
  • Why vegan/vegetarian diets are not the answer (even if you hate CAFOs)
  • The crazy "foods" that cows are being fed in CAFOs
  • Why animal agriculture can save the planet
  • The difference between paleo and keto
  • Nora's 2 favorite supplements for properly digesting protein
  • The most common mistakes people make when adopting a high-fat low-carb diet
  • Why protein needs to be moderated
  • How much protein you should be eating each day for a long, healthy life
  • The BEST lab tests for food sensitivities (and the only one she recommends using!)
  • The difference between a food allergy and a food sensitivity
  • Why detecting food sensitivities is PARAMOUNT to optimal health
  • A day in the life of Nora's meals
Jul 5, 2017


Dr. Masterjohn earned a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Connecticut in the summer of 2012. He has served as a postdoctoral research associate in the Comparative Biosciences department of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an Assistant Professor of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York. Recently Dr. Masterjohn left academia to conduct independent research and create content that teaches people how to live healthier lives.

He is CRAZY smart. I actually have to listen to his podcasts in chunks, because he has sooo much wisdom to share. But today we did our best to keep the geek factor under control (for the most part) so you don't want to miss it!

Here are a few of the fascinating topics we discuss:

Why Dr. Masterjohn quit drinking soda before he stopped smoking cigarettes

The unconventional way he discovered the profound healing power of food

The common mistake he was making that was ruining his health

Why his classmates probably disliked him

Why he was using tons of soy protein

Why the scientific method is important

How science has made us unhealthy

The limitations and strengths of the scientific method

Why science isn't always foolproof

Why we shouldn't necessarily consider certain types of trials better than others

The benefits of tightly controlled trials (and their downsides!)

Why observational data is important and what it teaches us

The REAL issue in nutritional research today (this is surprising!)

The one trial he believed to be more problematic than any other

Where should we start when researching a topic

Why studies on coffee don't necessarily suggest it's good for everyone (even though many think they do!)

Why we can't always trust the interpretations of other scientists

Why research funding is important

How we can avoid bias in our trials

And much more!

Jun 28, 2017

Christa is a clinical and holistic nutritionist dedicated to helping individuals use food as medicine to heal from the root cause. She is the author of The Whole Journey Food as Medicine Cookbook, co-author of The Anti-Inflammatory Diet with Cheryl Tiegs, and co-author of the best-seller How to Conceive Naturally and Have a Healthy Pregnancy After 30. She also hosts three health and wellness TV shows.

Christa is truly delightful and this interview is PACKED with all the tips and tricks you'll need to get pregnant and create a super baby. 

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Why getting pregnant after 30 isn't as difficult as it's made out to be
  • Why women older women actually have a lower risk of congenital malformation
  • What the ceiling is for a natural pregnancy
  • Why there are actually 5 trimesters
  • How to overcome common issues that make pregnancy difficult
  • How to increase progesterone levels naturally and reduce cellulite
  • An at-home test you can use to gauge your thyroid function
  • Foods that boost thyroid function
  • How your diet affects you (and your baby's) genetic code!
  • Why you want to begin preparing 3 months BEFORE pregnancy
  • Foods that create a super baby
  • One non-Paleo food that goes a pregnant body good
  • Foods you'll want to avoid during pregnancy
  • Foods that DADDY should be eating to build a healthy baby
  • Key supplements for healthy pregnancies and babies
  • A little-known supplement that can supercharge your fertility
  • An adaptogen that can increase fertility in both males and females
  • The importance of a healthy PH for pregnancy and how to test it at home
  • The difference between folic acid and folate (and why it matters!)
  • The importance of methylation for a healthy pregnancy (and what exactly it is!)
  • A critical nutrient many of us are deficient in that could prevent autism
  • Christa's favorite prenatal
  • How to mitigate morning sickness
  • A simple trick for preventing postpartum depression and increasing milk supply
  • An alternative to the glucose tolerance test
  • And the one piece of advice Christa would give to parents and parents-to-be!
    And much more!
Jun 21, 2017

Dr. Trevor Cates is a nationally recognized naturopathic doctor. She was the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in the state of California, appointed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to California's Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Council. She has worked with world-renown spas and sees patients in her private practice in Park City, Utah with a focus on graceful aging and glowing skin.
She has been featured on the Doctors, Extra, First for Women, Mind Body Green and is the host of THE SPA DR. iTunes Podcast.

Here are some of the juicy details you're in for:

  • What inspired her to become the Spa Doctor
  • Why traditional acne treatments are not adequate
  • The really scary side effects of common acne medications
  • The reason many experts still claim acne isn't caused by food (even though it is!)
  • Why our skin is our magic mirror
  • The 4 most common causes of skin issues today
  • The two WORST foods for you skin
  • Why all kinds of dairy can cause skin issues
  • Whether or not chocolate causes skin issues
  • The 3 foods that are most often associated with eczema
  • Her 2 part process for getting clear skin
  • Her 3 favorite foods for great skin
  • The 2 hormone-damaging ingredients found in common skin care products
  • How to choose CLEAN skin care products
  • Which labs have the most accurate food sensitivity testing
  • And much more!
Jun 21, 2017

Dr. Trevor Cates is a nationally recognized naturopathic doctor. She was the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in the state of California, appointed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to California's Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Council. She has worked with world-renown spas and sees patients in her private practice in Park City, Utah with a focus on graceful aging and glowing skin.
She has been featured on the Doctors, Extra, First for Women, Mind Body Green and is the host of THE SPA DR. iTunes Podcast.

Here are some of the juicy details you're in for:

  • What inspired her to become the Spa Doctor
  • Why traditional acne treatments are not adequate
  • The really scary side effects of common acne medications
  • The reason many experts still claim acne isn't caused by food (even though it is!)
  • Why our skin is our magic mirror
  • The 4 most common causes of skin issues today
  • The two WORST foods for you skin
  • Why all kinds of dairy can cause skin issues
  • Whether or not chocolate causes skin issues
  • The 3 foods that are most often associated with eczema
  • Her 2 part process for getting clear skin
  • Her 3 favorite foods for great skin
  • The 2 hormone-damaging ingredients found in common skin care products
  • How to choose CLEAN skin care products
  • Which labs have the most accurate food sensitivity testing
  • And much more!
Jun 14, 2017

Paul Chek is the founder of the C.H.E.K (Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology) Institute and an internationally-renowned expert in the fields of corrective and high-performance exercise kinesiology.  For over twenty-five years, Paul’s unique, holistic approach to treatment and education has changed the lives of countless people worldwide – many of his clients, his students, and their clients.  By treating the body as a whole system and finding the root cause of a problem, Paul has been successful where traditional approaches have consistently failed.  


What inspired him to get into holistic health

  • The first book he ever read cover-to-cover
  • The problem with our current medical system
  • Why having a dream is CRITICAL for optimal health
  • The cheapest and most effective form of therapy that most people neglect today
  • What he did to NEVER miss a day of professional work in 30 years
  • Why the "no pain no gain" mentality is evidence of our cultural pubescence
  • A simple way to tell if you're in the stress response
  • Why not everyone should exercise
  • How to know if YOU will benefit from exercise
  • The difference between working out and working in
  • How much movement we all need each day
  • The last 4 doctors you will ever need
  • The main reasons people fail to see the results they're looking for
  • A simple tool that helps you tune into your body
  • How to eat for optimal health
  • The limitations of metabolic testing
  • Why he is often accused of being cocky
  • What he makes his critics do that keeps them quite
  • What happiness is
  • What happy people do
  • Why the average man can never be successful
  • Why our challenges are gifts
  • How you can save $6000 a year!
  • And much more!
Jun 7, 2017

CJ HUNT traveled all around the world and spoke with various scientists and experts whose job it is to identify exactly what our ancestors consumed on his quest for the perfect human diet.


Thankfully these experts weren't nearly as confused about what we should be eating as we are in America today.

So in today's podcast, we're going to talk alllll about what the evolutionary experts and archaeological record indicate is the perfect human diet.

Here are some of the fun facts you'll learn:

  • Why CJ dropped dead at 24
  • Who saved his life
  • Why he adopted a vegan diet
  • How he knew a vegan diet was not for him
  • How we know our ancestors ate meat
  • Why eating meat made us smarter
  • Why our digestive tracts shrunk and what this means
  • How we know our digestive tracts are designed for animal products
  • Which animals our ancestors preferred
  • His biggest "aha" moment while filming the documentary
  • The new technology that allows scientists to identify exactly what our ancestors were eating
  • What the introduction of agriculture did (or didn't do!) for our ancestors
  • How we know our ancestors preferred animal products rather than vegetables
  • Two foods Paleo adherents might be eating that can hinder their results
  • Why he thinks potatoes should NOT be Paleo approved
  • Why too much of a certain Paleo STAPLE is actually dangerous
  • How you can eat Paleo easily and avoid these foods
  • The one food most Americans eat that is very harmful
  • What he thinks we need to do to reclaim the Paleo movement
  • The 2 categories that sum up pretty much all food
  • Exactly we should and should not be eating according to archaeological records
  • Why the advisor to the president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation would not read Good Calories Bad Calories (this is disheartening)
  • What it's going to take to get our policy makers to take Paleo seriously
  • Why there is still a lot of hope for Paleo
  • And much more!
May 31, 2017

My colleague, Erin Chamerlik is well versed in the wonderful world of essential oils and agreed to come on our show to teach you all about their magical powers and practical applications.

So if you haven't incorporated them into your life yet, have a listen because they are life changing!

Here are a few of the highlights:

  • What essential oils are
  • Where they are derived
  • What you need to know about choosing high-quality oils
  • The history of essential oils
  • The MANY therapeutic benefits of peppermint oil
  • Why she calls lavender oil the "Swiss army knife" of essential oils
  • Erin's favorite essential oil
  • Why essential oils have such profound effects on the body
  • Which oils can help you lose weight and burn fat
  • Essential oils that can help curb appetite and cravings
  • Which oils can help relieve stress
  • Which oils can help Candida
  • Which oils encourage winter wellness
  • Which oils are good for your skin
  • Which oils will put a little pep in your step
  • Which oils can help you focus
  • Which oils can help reduce anxiety
  • Erin's favorite essential oil recipe
  • Who should NOT be using essential oils
  • Which ones pregnant women should avoid
    And much more!
May 24, 2017

In case you're not yet familiar, Jeffrey Smith is the leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices. His meticulous research documents how biotech companies continue to mislead legislators and safety officials to put the health of society at risk and the environment in peril.

His feature-length documentary Genetic Roulette — The Gamble of Our Lives was awarded the 2012 Movie of the Year (Solari Report) and the Transformational Film of the Year (AwareGuide) and is considered the authoritative work on GMO health dangers. You may have read about him in The New York Times, New Scientist, and Time Magazine or seen him on the BBC, NPR, Fox News, Democracy Now, and the Dr. Oz Show.

Here are some of the gems you're in for:

  • Why Jeffrey became so passionate about GMOs
  • Why attracting attention from the pro-GMO crowd is a GOOD thing
  • Who many of the GMO trolls really are
  • Whether GMOs increase crop yields and feed a hungry planet
  • Whether genetic engineering is a precise science
  • What the FDA's own scientists said about the risks of GMOs
  • Who funds the research regarding the safety of GMOs
  • The documented health issues associated with GMOs
  • What the only human trial demonstrated about GMO risks
  • How Glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) harms the gut
  • Why Glyphosate steals nutrients from you and the soil
  • What tobacco science is and why you need to care
  • Why Monsanto talks out of both sides of their mouth
  • Why the Academy of Environmental Sciences recommend all doctors instruct
  • their patients to eliminate GMOs
  • What you can do to avoid GMOs
  • The most popular GMO foods
  • The important distinction between non-GMO and organic
  • Why we need to test for Glyphosate (and what it is!)
  • How 2 autistic children changed their lives
  • Why we know the anti-GMO movement is making progress
  • Where you can read more about GMO fraud and much more!
May 17, 2017

If you haven't seen her epic TED talk, Dr. Wahl's is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa. She's also a clinical researcher and has published over 60 peer-reviewed scientific abstracts, posters, and papers.

The best part about Dr. Wahl's, however, is that In addition to being a doctor, she's also a patient with a chronic, progressive disease.

Diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis in 2000, she underwent traditional forms of therapy to no avail. She was once confined to a zero gravity chair.

Instead of accepting her fate, she bravely designed a revolutionary dietary protocol based on the 30+ nutrients our brains require and today she is healthy, happy and on a mission to empower others to take back their health.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • How she put her Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.) into remission using food
  • Why she feels BLESSED to have had M.S.
  • What she did to teach her kids that anything is possible
  • How she created her protocol
  • Why it's different (and more effective) then the paleo diet
  • Why you won't feel restricted on her protocol
  • The AWESOME side effects of her protocol
  • Why her protocol is different than the Autoimmune Protocol
  • Who her Protocol can help (spoiler alert: it's probably YOU!)
  • What her clinical research is revealing
  • Why she recommends MCT oil to help keep you in ketosis
  • Whether or not vegetarians can use her protocol
  • Why some ketogenic diets can be harmful
  • One supplement that most everyone will benefit from
  • Why organ meats are so critical for vibrant health
  • What mitochondria are and why they matter
  • Why her cookbook makes healthy eating effortless
  • Her very favorite recipes
  • How to get your kids to eat organ meats (and other nutrient dense foods) effortlessly
  • Whether or not the medical community is embracing her research
  • How to learn more about her research
  • How to work with her personally
  • Whether or not she recommends giving my son (and other kids) gluten
    And much more!
May 10, 2017

In case you're not familiar, Andrew W. Saul is the author of several books including Fire Your Doctor, Doctor Yourself and Vitamin C: The Real Story. He has 40 years of experience in natural health and education. His world famous, free access education website,, is peer reviewed and the largest non-commercial natural health resource on the internet.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Who got Andrew interested in high dose vitamin therapy
  • How his kids never took an antibiotic all the way through college
  • How he cured his child's cough with vitamins
  • What Orthomolecular Medicine is and why it's important
  • Why your doctor isn't educated about vitamin therapy
  • Which specific conditions can be treated with vitamin C
  • How to take vitamin C to prevent illness
  • The most effective forms of vitamin C
  • How to find out how much vitamin C really need
  • How many people vitamins have killed?
  • How many people properly prescribed meds kill each year (this will SHOCK you!)
  • Why a "plant-based" diet can mean many different things
  • The one diet that he never recommends for children or the elderly
  • The super vitamin that can cure schizophrenia
  • Where to read research about vitamins for FREE
  • The shortcoming of Linus Pauling's critics
  • What Andrew takes each day to feel his best
  • The type of vitamin C to take if you have a sensitive stomach
    And much more!
May 3, 2017

Joel Salatin is the owner of Polyface Farms in Swoope, Virginia and has been featured in the New York Times Bestselling book, Omnivore's Dilemma and the award-winning documentary Food Inc. He calls himself a Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. Others who like him call him the most famous farmer in the world, the high priest of the pasture, and the most eclectic thinker from Virginia since Thomas Jefferson.  Those who don’t like him call him a bio-terrorist, Typhoid Mary, charlatan, and starvation advocate.

So if you've been wondering whether or not grass-fed beef is truly sustainable (or you just want to have a laugh), then DON'T miss this interview!

Here are just a few of the topics we covered:

  • Why the statistics used in Cowspiracy do NOT apply to grass fed beef
  • Where the COWSPIRACY statistics come from
  • The environmental impacts of grass-fed vs. conventionally raised beef
  • Why grass-feeding actually improves the environment
  • Where 90% of the methane on the planet is produced
  • Why methane isn't actually an issue when cows are grass fed
  • Why the AMOUNT of cattle being raised today isn't a strain on the environment like many people think
  • Why green growing vegetation is critical for environmental health
  • The difference between an annual and a perennial (and why it's important!)
  • Why eating more vegetables is NOT the answer and may actually be causing more environmental damage
  • How herbivores help BUILD soil
  • Why soil building MUST be a national priority
  • What a truly sustainable and properly managed operation looks like
  • Why we need to get away from segregation and embrace INTEGRATION
  • Whether or not Joel thinks eating animals is inhumane (or blocking our evolution to a more peaceful planet!)
  • Why Joel believes not eating animals is ignorant.
  • Why grass-feeding is the SOLUTION rather than the problem
  • Why a vegan diet is not a zero death diet
  • And much more!
Apr 26, 2017

Have you diligently adopted the paleo diet yet still suffer from gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation or heartburn? If so, you're going to LOVE today's podcast.

Sylvie is a former SIBO sufferer and the witty creator of the uber-popular blog, Hollywood Homestead. After antibiotic treatment failed her (twice!) she took it upon herself to become educated and experiment.

Have you diligently adopted the paleo diet yet still suffer from gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation or heartburn? If so, you're going to LOVE today's podcast.

Sylvie is a former SIBO sufferer and the witty creator of the uber-popular blog, Hollywood Homestead. After antibiotic treatment failed her (twice!) she took it upon herself to become educated and experiment.

She literally attacked her SIBO guns blazing and even though SIBO is traditionally a VERY difficult condition to treat, today she is symptom-free and thriving!

Here's what you'll learn:

Why she had to become her own health advocate
What SIBO is The 4 main symptoms of SIBO
The 2 different types of SIBO
Whether or not you might have SIBO even if you don't have digestive issues
The 3 main causes of SIBO (including one you've probably NEVER heard about!) Other conditions often associated with SIBO
SIBOs link with nutrient deficiency
The consequences of unaddressed SIBO
Why SIBO is so difficult to diagnose
Which test you MUST have to properly diagnose SIBO
Why other tests are inadequate
The link between SIBO and leaky gut
Why most SIBO treatments fail long term
Why antibiotics alone aren't enough for long-term remission
Why herbal antibiotics are often more effective than antibiotics
The 3 herbal antibiotics she used to kick her SIBO
The 2 best diets SIBO
The diet that finally beat her SIBO and how to do it healthfully
The often unaddressed reason for many SIBO remissions
A supplement many people forget but NEED to treat SIBO successfully
The 4 things you need to do to successfully treat SIBO for GOOD
Her favorite protein powder for treating SIBO And much more!

Apr 19, 2017

If you've tried EVERYTHING to lose weight or reach your health goals to no avail, you're going to want to listen to today's podcast, The 3 Obstacles to Sustainable & Vibrant Health with International best-selling author, David Zappasodi as soon as you possibly can!

I reached out to David after reading his amazing book, Immovable Heart Unstoppable Mind, about a year ago because it had such a profound impact on the way I viewed HEALTH. He's been a motivational speaker and fitness training professionally for over 20 years and his innovative approach to health and fitness has helped countless people TRANSFORM their lives.

Since we recorded our first podcast, The Secret Sauce for Fat Loss, David has become a friend and his book has become an international best-seller.

Apr 12, 2017

Have you ever tried a keto diet (or been curious about trying it) only to decide it was wayyy too restrictive?

Leanne is an ultra passionate Nutrition Educator and food blogger in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Her goal is to help you do away with feeling overpowered and controlled by food by giving you the tools you need to inject your life with happiness, healthfulness, and a whole lot of dietary fat.

Basically, she's here to help you fall in love with yourself and relinquish your fear of eating fat.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • How Leanne because SO passionate about high-fat living
  • How to know if keto is right for you
  • *How Leanne's approach is different than standard keto
  • Leanne's 3 different versions of keto
  • *The keto path for those with hormonal issues
  • *The keto path for those who crave carbohydrates
  • *The keto path for those who want to see fast results
How to make keto feel liberating
  • How to use carbohydrates strategically and still be keto
  • When to eat carbohydrates for best results
  • How fasting fits into the keto lifestyle
  • The ONE thing you should never do while fasting
  • The most common food allergies for those Leanne works with
  • Whether or not "high protein" keto is actually a problem
  • *The difference between being fat adapted and being in ketosis
  • The populations who will benefit MOST from a ketogenic diet
  • How to do a "breakfast challenge" and why it will change your life
  • Helpful tricks for navigating the carb flu
  • *The beverage you need to calm the keto flow
  • Why being mindful of your electrolyte intake is important when you're in ketosis
  • How to tell when you are in ketosis (with and without testing!)
  • *Leanne's favorite "quickie" recipes for people who hate cooking
  • Leanne's favorite condiments for keeping keto delicious
  • What her dinner plate looks like
  • The keto-approved sweetener that makes her break out
  • *Three amazing remedies for acne that you've NEVER heard about!
  • And much more!
Apr 5, 2017

Dr. Izabella Wentz, Pharm.D., FASCP is a passionate, innovative and solution focused clinical pharmacist. She has had a passion for health care from a very early age, inspired by her mother, Dr. Marta Nowosadzka, MD.

As a result of extensive research and experimentation, Izabella has a new lease on life and created THE Hashimoto's Protocol. So far, her protocol has helped THOUSANDS of people reduce their symptoms and achieve remission.

So if you're suffering from Hashimoto's or hypothyroidism symptoms (cold hands and feet, thinning hair and eyebrows, constipation, lethargy) and an inability to lose weight, please be sure to listen to today's podcast! Dr. Wentz is literally one of the most knowledgeable experts on Hashimoto's in the WORLD and we cover tons of interesting topics that we didn't in our first podcast with her, episode 56. Here are some of the juicy tidbits you'll hear:

  • Why she's on a mission to heal the world of Hashimoto's
    The 5 stages of Hashimoto's
    When conventional doctors begin treating Hashimoto's and why that's an issue
    How to catch Hashimoto's in the early stages
    How many people are able to stop taking medication
    An exciting new way to regenerate damaged thyroid tissue
    The symptom many people have that means you should be tested for autoimmunity
    The exact test you need to have to ascertain your risk
    Issues with thyroid medications
    Her favorite thyroid medications
    Why you need to have your thyroid antibodies tested if you are pregnant
    The one thing that raises your child's risk of autism by 80%
    Whether or not thyroid medications are okay during pregnancy
    Why the standard TSH ranges are outdated
    The optimal TSH range
    The root causes of Hashimoto's that almost no one hears about (this will shock you!)
    The most common nutrient deficiencies associated with Hashimoto's
Her favorite supplemental ways to correct these deficiencies
    The common parasite that's been linked to IBS, Hashimoto's and hives and how to treat it
    Why carbohydrate sensitivity can be a sign of a deeper issue
    What low ferritin levels can tell you (pretty amazing!)
    What ideal ferritin levels look like
    *The BEST diet for Hashimoto's
    The most problematic foods for those with Hashimoto's
    The uncommon food sensitivities commonly seen in Hashimoto's
    A great way to get your organs if you HATE the taste
    Whether or not raw milk is problematic
    *The one (super affordable) supplement that increased her energy levels the most
    Whether or not a low carb diet harms thyroid function
    The one piece of advice she'd give you for vibrant health
    And much more!
Mar 29, 2017

Dawn Preisendorf (MA, NC, CHWC ) and she has a master’s degree in nutrition and health education, and is a certified Wellness coach. She has also completed more than 200 additional hours of clinical training with Functional Medicine experts, and is a certified Hormone Cure Practitioner through Dr. Sara Gottfried frees women from fatigue, low energy and digestive distress. She has helped hundreds of women get to the root cause of their health problems, and reclaim vitality so they can live their lives full-out.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Why she left a successful career to help people get healthy
  • How many people suffer from fatigue
  • What percentage of her clients increase their energy levels (this will shock you!)
  • Why fatigue is not a caffeine deficiency
  • Why most people are looking in the wrong places for energy
  • The 5 underlying causes of fatigue
  • Foods to eat for energy
  • 4 Supplements that will help heal your gut
  • How to test for food sensitivities
  • How to tell if you're absorbing your nutrients properly
  • Why low triglyceride levels are not always a good thing
  • What you need to know if you have heartburn
  • A simple strategy for improving nutrient absorption
  • Gut infections that can cause fatigue
  • How to spot gut infections
  • How to treat them naturally
  • How hormonal imbalances cause fatigue
  • How to create hormonal harmony
  • Her favorite probiotic
  • The most effective digestive enzymes she's found
  • The herb you MUST take if you have a gut infection
  • The most often missed cause of fatigue
  • 3 exercises you can do to improve energy levels
  • One important question to ask yourself before you attack your fatigue
  • The foods you should add and eliminate for vibrant energy
  • The best supplements for vibrant energy
  • And much more!
Mar 25, 2017

Dr. Tom O’Bryan is an internationally recognized speaker and workshop leader specializing in the complications of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease as they occur inside and outside of the intestines. He is the founder of, an author and just released a documentary series all about autoimmunity called Betrayal.

He is so committed to inspiring people to take back their health that it is PALPABLE.

I've honestly never interviewed anyone more informed or passionate.

So don't miss his wise words because they are truly life changing!

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Which of his autoimmune antibodies were elevated!
  • The #1 mechanism for getting sick and dying (hint: it's NOT cardiovascular disease!)
  • Why America is ranked second (from the bottom) in terms of quality of life even though we spend more than on health care than any other country
  • The most common triggers of autoimmune diseases
  • The REAL problem with gluten
  • The food 72% of his patients have elevated antibodies to
  • Why you may be on the autoimmune spectrum even if you don't have symptoms
  • How to find out if you're on the autoimmune spectrum before it's too late
  • The best test for determining your place on the autoimmune spectrum
  • The 2 OTHER reasons (besides gluten!) that wheat may lead to autoimmune disease
  • Why there are 4 TIMES more people being diagnosed with Celiacs Disease (CD) than in the 1950's
  • How we know that the increase in CD is NOT solely the result of better diagnostic tools
  • The main reasons autoimmune rates are skyrocketing today
  • Who develops intestinal permeability when they eat wheat
  • Why depression is the most common symptom for those with Celiac Disease
  • Why cereal grasses (found in many greens powders!) may be doing more harm than good
  • How many antigens in wheat we test for vs. how many there REALLY are!
  • The gene that can increase your risk of a vaccine injury
  • How many toxic chemicals are found in the placental blood of newborns (this will shock you!)!
  • 3 steps you can take today to stay off of the autoimmune spectrum
Mar 15, 2017

Megan has a bachelor’s degree in American Literature from UCLA and a master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She is a writer, student, teacher, wife, and mother who works with Chinese herbs and Chinese massage. She's also been teaching others about the immune system and gut health for over 6 years!

She is knowledgable, kind and incredibly passionate about all things BABY.

So if you're feeling confused about how to nourish your little one, please listen to our podcast, and walk away with tools that enable you to feed your baby with CONFIDENCE.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • The different birthing methods and how to choose the best for you!
  • What you need to know if you have a C-section
  • The lifelong impacts of caesarean birth
  • How to mitigate the negative effects of caesarean birth
  • How a mamma's diet affects her breastmilk
  • Why what YOU are eating now affects what your baby's future dietary habits
  • How your gut and breastmilk are related
  • How your genes affect your breastmilk
  • Whether or not the supplemental nutrients make it into your breast milk
  • The benefits of extended breastfeeding
  • When to stop breastfeeding
  • How to supercharge your breast milk supply
  • The 4 major nutrients exclusively breastfed babies may be missing out on
  • What delayed cord clamping is and how it can prevent nutrient deficiencies
  • Why DHA supplementation is very important for pregnant mamma's
  • Her favorite DHA supplement
  • Why probiotic supplements can improve mineral counts
  • Her favorite probiotics for moms and babies
  • The best first foods for baby and when to introduce them
  • Her favorite first SUPERfood for babies
  • Foods that actually block mineral absorption for babies
  • Why egg yolk can be problematic for babies
  • Why babies shouldn't be drinking much water
  • WHEN babies should be eating for best results
  • A nighttime tonic that can help your toddler sleep
  • Which probiotic strains the literature has shown are effective for colic
  • Tips for taking care of mommas
  • The benefits of infant massage
  • And much more!
Mar 8, 2017

Did you know that more than 2200 people die EACH DAY from heart disease?

That's one every 40 seconds.

Perhaps even more sobering is the fact that 1/3 of all heart attacks present as sudden cardiac death.

That means Prevention. Is. EVERYTHING!

Which is exactly why we had Dr. Wolfson, the Paleo Cardiologist, on the show so he can teach us exactly how to do just that.

He is experienced, passionate and on a mission to alter the trajectory of their health through heart disease prevention.

Given the fact that heart disease is still considered our #1 killer in America, this is NOT the episode to miss.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Why current heart disease treatments and protocols are inadequate
  • Why getting your cholesterol as low as possible isn't the best way to prevent heart disease
  • The dangers of extremely low cholesterol
  • Why LDL cholesterol is not the disease causing culprit its believed to be
  • Why he says statins are not necessary in his practice at all
  • The population who will get ZERO benefit from statins
  • The mechanism by which statins harm your brain
  • The hypertensive drugs that increase your risk of cancer
  • How to lower your blood pressure naturally
  • The simple trick you can use to lower your risk of heart disease every day
  • The vitamin that helps dramatically reduce blood pressure
  • One of the most effective blood-pressure reducing foods
  • Why nitrates and nitrites aren't the disease-causing culprits they're believed to be
  • Why he calls aspirin "the biggest sham in pharmaceutical history!"
  • The one indicator that you're NOT heart healthy
  • Whether or not being thin, means you're heart healthy...
  • Why diabetes is "just a label."
  • Why elevated blood sugar is dangerous
  • The blood sugar numbers that significantly decrease your risk or pretty much all diseases
  • Why your insulin levels may increase after starting a paleo diet and why it's a GOOD sign
  • Why dysfunctional HDL affects insulin levels
  • What two met analyses (2010, 2015!) in the American Journal of Clinical
  • Nutrition revealed about the link between saturated fat, cholesterol and heart disease
  • The incredibly important dietary strategy that most paleo adherents miss
  • Which supplements help prevent heart disease
  • The definition of an alcoholic
  • And much more!
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